When animal control officers entered her Ontario, Canada home with a search warrant, Lilly, a sweet Shepherd cross, ran across the room, and laid down on the floor at the officers’ feet, The Stratford Gazette reports.
But the officers, who had responded to a report of animal abuse, immediately noticed that Lilly, 10 months old at the time, wouldn’t place one of her rear legs on the ground when she walked.
A veterinarian later discovered that the top of Lilly’s femur had been shattered, probably as a result of blunt force trauma.
Lilly had been under the care of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a short time, and OSPCA rules required her to be in their custody for 14 days before they could allow her to undergo surgery.
“This poor girl [was] in so much pain and all we [could] do [was] give her meds to deal with [it]...she was awesome,” said OSPCA animal control officer Jessica McCann. “The whole time she was so good.”
Because Lilly had come to the shelter as a victim of abuse, the shelter could not publicize her case or ask the public for donations.
“The surgery for something like that is extremely expensive and we just didn’t have the money,” McCann explained. “We knew we only had those 14 days worth of meds and we knew we needed help.”
While the shelter couldn’t make a public announcement, they could spread news of Lilly’s plight through word of mouth. The surgery she needed was going to be expensive.
After the brutality of Lilly’s beating, the overwhelming kindness of the community’s generous response is enough to renew one’s faith in humanity. From people scrounging change from their cars, to writing huge checks, the OSPCA had soon raised $1500 towards Lilly’s surgery.
A veterinarian offered to do the complicated surgery for the amount OSPCA had raised. Instead of amputating Lilly’s leg, the kind doctor removed the top of Lilly’s femur and constructed a false joint.
The good news was that Lilly had less chances of developing arthritis. However, she’d require expensive physiotherapy on a daily basis. Another vet stepped in and offered to take Lilly to her appointments and help her stick to the rigorous healing regime.
It’s been several months since Lilly’s surgery and she’s thriving, and ready for adoption at OSPCA.
“She uses her leg about 95 per cent of the time now,” McCann said. “When she’s been using it all day, she tends to skip with it. But she’s made a full recovery. She’s amazing.”
It’s also amazing that throughout her harrowing ordeal Lilly has remained cheerful and loving. “Once a man pets her and talks gently to her, they’re her best friend,” said McCann. “It takes all of five minutes for her to win you over and for you to win her over.”
The shelter is currently considering applications for Lilly’s forever home. OSPCA has been overwhelmed by the response to Lilly’s story. “From the person who called in to report the abuse to the amount of donations…no one has met this girl and they love her anyways. It’s amazing to me. I just want to say thanks.”